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The Resistance Prays

November 13, 2018
By Katie Adams

Today's Top Story
CNN reports on "A photo showing a group of male, mostly white Wisconsin high school students with their arms raised in what appear to be Nazi salutes has sparked a district investigation and criticism from a Holocaust memorial group."
Scripture 
Proverbs 3:7 
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
    fear the Lord and shun evil.
Hateful Ideology
Anti-Semitism is on the rise.  Vox examines how the "shooting [just a couple of weeks ago] comes amid a steady increase in anti-Semitic incidents and hate crimes since the 2016 presidential campaign season and, in particular, the inauguration of Donald Trump. The FBI found that in 2016, the most recent year for which data was available, there had been an increase of almost 5 percent in hate crimes since 2015, and 10 percent since 2014. Of the 1,273 crimes for which the FBI found a motivation of religious hatred (about 20 percent of the total), half were against Jews."

The ADL found that online harassment and anti-Semitism was on the rise as well. "The harassment, deeply rooted in age-old conspiracies such as the New World Order, which alleges that an evil cabal of Jewish people have taken autocratic control of the globe, and Holocaust imagery—faces placed inside Nazi concentration camp ovens or stretched on lampshades—shows no signs of abating."
Act
People of conscience cannot keep acting like there isn't a significant problem in our country and communities.  Push back against the rhetoric and hateful speech, and educate people on what happens when hatred is normalized and allowed to flourish unchecked.  A NYT editorial examining the rise and normalization of anti-Semitism concludes saying, "but add [the many incidents] together, nurture them with silence and acquiescence, and what grows is the poisonous weed of anti-Semitism.

This must end."

See the tweet from the Auschwitz Memorial Twitter page saying, "If @barabooSD wishes to know more about what can be the extreme result of normalization of hatred -- and hatred is enrolled in this symbol -- please see some online lessons dedicated to the history of Auschwitz."
Pray
Lord, please give us the perseverance to speak out against hatred.  Help us spread your love and your wisdom in the wake of so much rancor and acrimony.  
Amen.
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